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Meet Lindsey Tyson

Lindsey Tyson making felt (c) VisitBritain/Sam BarkerLindsey Tyson making felt (c) VisitBritain/Sam Barker

Lindsey Tyson, a textile artist and designer, creates unique felt artwork and home accessories from her studio on the North York Moors coast.

In this film, Lindsey shares how her work is deeply inspired and driven by a love of nature, particularly the landscape that surrounds her studio.

Be inspired by the North York Moors

Following Lindsey’s film, we want to share some fantastic suggestions for exploring the North York Moors. You’ll find more ideas across our Meet the makers series.

Discover Lindsey’s favourite places

Lindsey was happy to share some of the places she visits to gain inspiration:

My favourite place for inspiration is up near Hayburn Wyke, walking on the Cleveland Way heading north. There are distant views of Scarborough Castle, the rolling hills, beautiful cloud formations and views of the sea…. I never fail to be inspired… especially as the season change.”

Lindsey Tyson by the North York Moors coast (c) VisitBritain/Sam Barker

She was also keen to share a few insider tips for visitors.

Open studios, normally in June, are a great time for people to visit, as many artists around the county open up their studios. Heading towards Bridlington there is the bird sanctuary at Bempton Cliffs – that is quite an amazing experience.

The North York Moors area is a treat for food lovers, and Lindsey is enthusiastic about the wealth of great food and cafes close to her studio:

There’s the amazing Eat Me Cafe not too far from Woodend in Scarborough – a great place if you’re after something a little different. My family and I also often go to the Hayburn Wyke Inn, Cloughton, on a Sunday - there are some great walks around the area and we inevitably stop there for our hot chicken or beef baguette and their amazing handmade chips!

Walk the Cleveland Way and discover Hayburn Wyke

Discover the beauty of the coastline by walking a 5 mile (8km) circular route along an exhilarating stretch of the Cleveland Way National Trail, which takes you above the cliffs all the way to Hayburn Wyke, before returning along the track-bed of the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line.

Hayburn Wyke woods (c) Tom Mutton

Admire the wooded valley of Hayburn Wyke as it reaches down to a magnificent rocky cove, complete with tumbling waterfall and giant boulders. The woods are owned by the National Trust, and are alive with native wildlife including roe deer, foxes and badgers, and an array of birdlife including great spotted woodpeckers and green woodpeckers.

Awaken your senses with the colour and scents of a secret garden

Helmsley Walled Garden is North York Moors own ‘secret garden’. The garden was once part of Duncombe Park Estate and is now five acres of traditional walled gardens, offering a tranquil oasis amidst an intoxicating mix of scents and colour.

Helmsley Walled Garden (c) VBI/Gary Walsh

While away an afternoon in Helmsley, a delightfully quintessential English market town, where the striking ruins of 900-year-old Helmsley Castle overlook a picture postcard market square and cross. Take to the treasure trove of winding streets to discover a wide range of independent speciality shops selling locally crafted goods, before a rest stop for afternoon tea in a bistro or tea-room.

Be inspired by the seabirds of the Yorkshire coast

The sight of magnificent colonies of graceful swooping seabirds can’t fail to inspire awe. Lindsey recommends the RSPB Reserve at Bempton where from April to August you are sure to spot gannets, puffins, kittiwakes and razorbills.

Gannet Credit Paul Harris

Or visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve at Flamborough, where the chalk cliffs are home to the largest mainland seabird colony in the UK.

Create your own textile art to capture your memories of the North York Moors.

Take inspiration from the lush forests and dales, heather topped moorland and crashing blue waves of the North York Moors, and learn to create your own piece of unique textile art from local artists and makers.

Jenny Pepper is a textile artist also strongly inspired by the landscape. She offers regular day long workshops throughout the year (please note these are on hold until 2022) as do Ebberston Studios, set in the delightful village of Ebberston.

Where to enjoy Lindsey’s work in the North York Moors

Lindsey Tyson's felt pebble (c) VisitBritain/Sam Barker
Inspired by... gallery at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Lindsey is one of many local artists and makers whose work can be seen at this marvellous gallery. From dramatic photography and paintings, to unique ceramics and colourful textiles, it’s a perfect place to explore the work of local makers and artists who draw inspiration from the North York Moors. To find out what is on during your stay, see our programme of changing exhibitions and artist-led courses and talks.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre also stocks some of Lindsey's work.

Rural Arts, Courthouse Gallery, 4 Westgate, Thirsk

A feast for the senses and a treasure trove of local art and crafts, Lindsey’s work is on display here alongside other artists from across Yorkshire.

Find out more about Lindsey’s work

Lindsey’s website shows more of her work. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see her new work and images of the North York Moors landscape which inspire her.